Chrysler is the self-proclaimed pioneer of the minivan since its introduction in 1984 and while it was an overnight success, competition wants a piece of the pie and ever since Chrysler was since outshone by its competitors; the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica seeks to regain what was lost. In the midst of the booming crossover as well as family sedan market it seems the Pacifica’s burden is a heavy one but the minivan genre creator steps forth with guns blazing.
Can the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Regain the Lost Magic of the Shrinking Minivan Market?
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is manufactured in a way that makes it look sleek, modern, and dare I say it; sporty. There’s something about the lines on the Pacifica that make it stand out against the fairly boring Honda Odyssey that’s on the top of the food chain right now. Its evidence that Chrysler is back in the minivan game when it suddenly chucks out years of boring minivans out the window and introducing something fresh that’ll light up the market. Under the hood, is the Pentastar V6 good for 287hp and is paired with a 9-speed automatic.
On the inside, space is not an issue for minivans and the 2017 Pacifica shows no signs space deficiency. The Stow ‘n Go seats are new and improved, two monitors on the back of the front passenger headrests provide entertainment for the rowdy passengers at the back. A built-in vacuum is even standard in case those rowdy passengers make a mess at the back. Visibility is good all-around and offers a fairly airy feel inside the cabin. Cubbies, storage bins, power outlets, are all over the place easy to reach and convenient to use. Overall interior quality is pleasant; materials are upscale while rugged and is designed to withstand stains, scuffs, and other acts humans or animals.
Driving the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, it’s certainly a fresh experience as one wouldn’t expected fun driving and minivan in the same sentence but the Pacifica performs surprisingly well if kept within the limits of physics. The Pacifica handles well with responsive steering, easy maneuvering, and rides well even with 20-inch tires, the suspension keeps the cabin nice and comfy without dulling feedback to the driver. With this vehicle, Chrysler shows that it’s willing to be competitive once more in the market it created and perhaps in a generation or two, will claim the throne on the minivan market.
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